Skip to main content

Tree Browser

With these characteristics: None

Oak, Wavyleaf

Quercus undulata

Fagaceae - Beech and Oak

Description

Leaves: Dark blue-green above, dull green beneath; hairy above and beneath, less hairy with age; simple; alternate; oblong to elliptical, margins undulate and lobed to toothed; 3/4" to 2-1/2" in length, 1/3" to 1-1/3" in width; an evergreen to deciduous broadleaf (retains its leaves for more than one year).

Twigs/buds: Twigs green when young, nearly covered with tan-colored hairs; turning brownish when older. Buds small, scaly, hairy.

Flowers/fruit: Monoecious; flowers in catkins; 4-8 sepals and no petals; pollinated by wind, blooming in April to May. Fruit a small acorn, 1/3 covered by scaly cup; 1 seed per nut; ripe in late summer (August to September).

Bark: Gray, rough.

Wood: Little information available.

General: Native to southern Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Oklahoma, and northern Mexico. Its native habitat is rocky slopes and mesas. A small, shrubby evergreen or sometimes deciduous broadleaf (i.e. it retains leaves for more than one year). Called Quercus havardii or shinnery oak by Welsh et al. and is probably a hybrid of Q. gambelii and Q. turbinella.

Landscape Use: Doing well in West Jordan. Has slightly crinkled or wavy leaves. Zones7(6?)-9.

Characteristics

General

Family:
Fagaceae - Beech and Oak
Cultivar Availability:
No
Hardiness Zone:
7-9
Type:
Broadleaf
Utah Native:
Yes

Growth

Growth Rate:
Low
Mature Height:
Low
Longevity:
Medium
Is Good Under Power Lines:
Yes
Crown Shape:
Shrubby

Ornamental

Bark:
No
Fall Color:
No
Flowers:
No
Foliage:
Yes
Fruit:
No

Tolerence

Shade:
Medium
Salt:
Medium
Drought:
High
Poor Drainage:
Medium
Alkalinity:
High
Transplanting:
Medium